Give the Gift of Food and Supplies to Shelters

Did you know that animal shelters often have holiday wish lists? For example, the Evanston, Ill., municipal animal shelter is so reliant on donations of funds, food and supplies that its fundraising arm has started an online wish list asking for items. On that list are cotton rope toys, fleece throws for kennels, food and treats, and then some items you might not consider when donating to an animal shelter.

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Dog Park Safety

I never saw them coming. I was chatting in a park with a friend while his two boxers played with my golden retriever, Allie. The next minute, I felt myself being hit from behind by all three dogs, catapulting me backwards and causing me to hit my head on the ground where I landed. Still, I felt alright. After a minute or two of lying on the ground and checking to make sure I hadn’t broken any bones, I stood up without assistance and drove Allie and myself home.

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Vacation Safely With Your Dog

When Gerard Hanson of New York City planned a road trip to visit a friend in Maine, he was excited to bring his puppy, Charles, along. But the trip did not go smoothly. "Charles got carsick," explains Hanson. "Then my friend didn’t want me leaving him at his house alone for more than an hour or two, so my plans for different activities were more or less ruined."

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Love Dogs? Consider Becoming a Veterinary Technician

Most people take a long time to choose their career path. Rebecca Rose, author of Career Choices for Veterinary Technicians: Opportunities for Animal Lovers (AAHA Press 2009), on the other hand, hit the ground running after she left school. "My mother worked for a veterinarian in the early 1970s," says Rose. "I can remember helping her with the animals after school. When I was in high school, I researched my career options, and becoming a veterinary technician was the most appealing option."

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Are Dogs More Faithful Than Cats?

Dogs and cats behave differently towards humans because they evolved in the wild to have different social structures and different hunting strategies. Dogs live and hunt communally and their survival strategy is a tight-knit pack with a hierarchy where every individual knows who is boss to it and who it can boss around; they catch prey larger than themselves and the catch is shared with others.

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